Meet the Author

John Dunham
John Dunham
  • Managing Partner
  • John Dunham & Associates
  • Biography

    John Dunham is the President of John Dunham & Associates. John specializes in the economics of how public policy issues affect products and services. He has conducted hundreds of studies on taxes and regulation. Dunham is regularly consulted by Reuters and other media covering business and economics, and his work has been reported in national broadcast and print news outlets. His research has been published in a number of refereed journals including Economic Inquiry.

    Prior to starting his own firm, John was the senior U.S. economist with Philip Morris, producing research and information on key issues facing all of the company’s divisions. Before this, John was a senior economist for the New York City Mayor’s Office, the New York City Comptroller’s Office, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where he conducted the economic impact analysis of the World Trade Center.

    John received his M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research and his MBA from Columbia University. He is a member of the American Economics Association and the National Association of Business Economists.

  • Affiliations


    Mr. Dunham has worked as a manager and an analyst in both the public and private sectors. He has experience in conducting cost-benefit modeling, industry analysis, economic research, and tax and fiscal analysis. As the chief domestic economist for one of America’s 10 largest companies, he developed tax analysis programs and created economic research operations. He has presented testimony on economic and technical issues in federal court and before federal and state agencies. In addition, Mr. Dunham has developed financial statements, plans, and pro-forma analysis for three start-up ventures.

    2002 President and Managing Partner, John Dunham & Associates, Inc., GuerrillaEconomics, LLC, New York
    Own and operate mid-sized New York City based economics consulting firm. Develop models and messaging tools for industry, government and associations, used to defeat harmful tax legislation in dozens of states. Provided expert commentary for media stories.

    2000-2001 Vice President, American Economics Group, Inc., Washington, D.C.
    Created New York office for Washington based economics consulting firm. Produced dozens of economic studies related to tax policy and public finance, which were used to win litigation related to internet product sales, and to defeat harmful tax legislation in dozens of states. Developed on-line forecasting products.

    1995-2000 Manager of Fiscal Issues (Chief Domestic Economist), Philip Morris Management Corp., New York
    Created economic research operations for the nation’s largest consumer products company, producing more than 150 economic and finance studies annually. Developed a tax policy analysis program resulting in millions of dollars in cost savings. Performed financial analysis of corporate legal settlements, including the largest in U.S. history.

    1994-1995 Senior Economic Analyst, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
    Created cost/benefit modeling program. Analyzed capital projects valued at $1.25 billion. Conducted economic research, including privatization review and economic impact analysis of Port Authority operating divisions.

    1991-1994 Manager, Information Systems and Research, Philadelphia Regional Port Authority
    Conducted economic impact studies, cost/benefit analysis, facility analysis, and market assessment studies used in negotiations and affecting $53 million in capital spending. Prepared expert statistical and economic research for Port Authority’s testimony before Congress, Federal
    Maritime Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and other federal and state regulatory agencies.

    1987-1991 Senior Economist, Statistician, Marketing Representative, City of New York
    Analyzed City’s $32 billion budget. Supervised risk management database and reporting for
    $300 billion in liability claims. Developed and managed leases, contracts, and RFPs for Cocoa
    Port, New York City Passenger Ship Terminal, and Red Hook Container Terminal, increasing cargo volumes by nearly 100 percent.

  • Education
    • M.B.A., Columbia University
    • M.A., Economics, New School for Social Research
    • B.A., Economics, University of Colorado
    • Professional Certificate, Transportation and Distribution, New York University

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